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assailant

Definition of assailant

Etymology

    Old French asaillant, from the verb asaillir (“to jump on”), from Latin assaliō, itself from ad (“to, towards”) + saliō (“to jump”).

Noun

assailant (plural assailants)

  1. Someone who attacks or assails another violently, or criminally; an attacker.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A hostile critic or opponent.

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  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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